Helen Woodward Animal Center
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA
  • 12.25
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Full Time/Part Time (Various days/hours, weekends and holidays as needed)


Assist Veterinarian in surgery, including prepping of animals, assisting with surgery and after care.  Assist in examining animals.   Provide all in house animals with exercise, attention,  feeding, hygiene, and grooming requirements as directed by veterinarian for their case.   Perform directed medical procedures (vaccines, fecal exams, medication administration, etc.) in a timely fashion.  Ensure proper cleaning, wrapping and autoclaving of surgical packs.  Maintain medical paperwork and follow up as required. Keep exam room and surgery rooms clean and organized.  Responsible for management of special care cases.  Follow safety and sanitation policies throughout facility in order to maintain HWAC standards of excellence. Maintain compliance with HWAC policies and procedures.  Participate in Center activities and events as required.  Complete other assignments as required.  Represent HWAC standards of professionalism.

In addition to the duties listed above, the Center expects the following of each employee:  adheres to HWAC policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the Center; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; meets department productivity standards; participates in HWAC events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.



The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the essential functions of this position, but rather a general description of some of the requirements necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position.  The employee must be able to perform the following tasks, among others:

Some experience providing medical and surgical assistance preferred.  Some animal handling experience in a kennel environment preferred.  Must have customer service skills and experience.  Able to safely lift up to 55 lbs. unassisted.   Able to control strong and unruly dogs, as well as handle difficult cats.  Must have good written and verbal communication skills.  Must have good prioritizing and problem solving skills. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.   Excellent organization and planning skills required.  Must be detail-oriented.  Be capable of working and participating in a team as well as a self-directed environment. Ability to work closely with animal hair/dander.  Must possess professionalism, courtesy, tact, and sound judgment.  Able to work in both a team and self-directed environment.  Must have good prioritizing and problem solving skills.  Ability to work closely with animal hair/dander a must.


Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (including co-workers, customers, and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.

Employee must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.

As this position may require occasional driving duties, employee must possess a valid Driver's License.  Employee must complete a Driver Information Form and provide a recent DMV Driving Record Report to be kept on file, as well as proof of insurance.   


When a physical requirement is described as rarely, it means less than 5% of the shift is spent in this activity; occasionally means 6% - 33% of the shift is spent in this activity; frequently means 34% - 66 % of the shift is spent in this activity; continuously means 67% or more time during a shift is spent in this activity.

Though work assignments may vary from day to day, this position typically requires typing or data entry using a computer keyboard frequently; the ability to walk, climb, left and  bend frequently; and sitting and standing frequently.  The daily responsibilities of this position will require the ability to lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 55 lbs.  The position also requires the ability to reach above shoulder level frequently, and at or below shoulder level frequently.  Working around animal fur, dander and animal waste products as well as anesthetic gases and sharp objects occurs continuously.  Work assignments also have radiation exposure from x-ray equipment and exposure to anesthetic gases.



95% of this job is conducted indoors under normal office conditions and 5% outdoors. 

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a smoke-free environment.  Smoking is not permitted in any HWAC building or vehicle.

Helen Woodward Animal Center
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